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Edward Henry Pressley – Husband of Martha Isabell Curbow

Edward Henry Pressley was a son of Enoch B. Pressley and Mary E. Barrington, born 3 November, 1845 in Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia.  (Edward Henry Pressley’s Texas Death Certificate states that he was born in Edgefield County, South Carolina; however, his Civil War service records indicate that he was born in Bartow County, Georgia.  Additionally, the book entitled, History of Texas Together With a Biographical History, confirms that he was born in Cartersville, Barstow County, Georgia.  However, this same book also contradicts his year of birth stating that he was born in 1843 – not 1845 as per his Texas Death Certificate.) 

Edward Henry Pressley – from the collection of Carol Kay Morrison Wolfe

Edward served the Confederacy in the Civil War.  He enlisted in Bartow County, Georgia in March of 1861 as a private and was later promoted to full Corporal.  He was a member of Co. H – 60th Georgia Infantry.  Edward lost a portion of his left hand when he was shot by a mini-ball.  Edward was captured in Virginia and taken prisoner and was present on the day of surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia on 9 April 1865.  

Confederate Muster Roll Card

After the war, on 5 May 1868 Edward Pressley married Sarah “Sallie” T. McKie in Oxford, Lafayette County, Mississippi.  Sarah McKie was a daughter of a Mississippi planter.  Sarah graduated from the University of Mississippi at Oxford. The couple had one son, Edward Ward Tupper Pressley born in 1869.  By 1880 the family was in Texas – Hamilton County.  Sallie died there in about 1880-81. 

Sallie McKie – Photo is from the collection of Carol Kay Morrison Wolfe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On September 1, 1884, Edward married Martha Isabell Curbow Hodges Bedwell in McLennan County, Texas.  Edward and Belle had two children:  Jennie May in 1889 and Walter Gordon in 1891.  Nothing much is known about either of these two children.  I would like to be in touch with anyone that has any information on them.  

According to the book entitled, History of Texas – Together with a Biographical History (page 635), Edward and Belle are living in Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas in 1895 where Edward is a “merchant.”  

In the 1900 census the family is in Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas where the family is indexed as “hotel keepers.”

By 1908 Edward and Bell are in San Antonio.  There I find them in various city directories and census records for the remainder of their lives.  

Edward died at the age of 81 on 31 Jul 1927 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.  He is laid to rest near his wife in Mission Burial Park. 

OBITUARY:  Published San Antonio Express, Monday, 1 Aug 1927, Page 11:  PRESSLEY – Edward Henry Pressley, aged 81 years, died at his residence, 134 Beldon Avenue, at an early hour Sunday morning.  Besides his widow, Mrs. Belle Pressley, he is survived by his daughter, Mrs. C. T. Harper and his son, W. G. Pressley, all of San Antonio.  Funeral services will be held from the Porter Loring Chapel, Monday, Aug 2nd at 4 o’clock.  Dr. A. E. Rector of Harlandale Methodist Church. 

Edward Henry Pressley with wife Martha Isabell Curbow – Photo from collection of Carol Kay Morrison Wolfe
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Posted by on March 5, 2011 in Curbow, Pressley

 

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Axtell, McLennan County, Texas

Virginia Elizabeth Curbow and her husband Robert Alexander Story spent the vast majority of their lives living in Axtell, McLennan County, Texas.  Axtell lies eight miles northeast of Bellmead in eastern McLennan County, both are now suburbs of Waco, Texas. 

Axtell was established in 1881, when the Texas and St. Louis Railway laid its tracks from Corsicana to Waco.  A post office was opened in 1882.  By the early 1890s Axtell had a population of 200, a gristmill and gin, two general stores, and a hotel.  In 1896 Axtell schools had 85 white students and two teachers and 75 black students and one teacher.  During that same time period, the population has risen to 250 people.  The Axtell State Bank opened in 1912.  Population estimates for Axtell reached a peak of 400 in 1914.  Severe storms and floods in the fall of that year damaged or destroyed crops and property throughout the region, making it impossible for many area farmers to meet their loan payments.  The bank at Axtell was forced to close that same year.  In spite of this setback and the Great Depression a few years later, Axtell managed to hold its own as a small railroad town.  This information as written and provided by Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl via Handbook of Texas Online.

Last summer, when my husband and I were in Waco on a Curbow fact finding mission (one of many!), we stopped in Axtell to take a look around.  It’s a very small rural town – in fact, there’s not much there at all.  We did find the cemetery which is directly across the street from the Axtell Baptist Church.  It is a small quiet and serene cemetery.  It is gated and fenced and extremely well maintained.  It has a covered seating area for quiet peaceful reflection.  Jennie, Robert and Ed are together under a very large old cedar tree towards the front of the cemetery. 

 

Axtell Cemetery – Entry Gate

 

We also found some Miller graves.  Thinking they might be connected to Elijah Spencer Miller, Harriet Curbow’s husband, I had my husband snap the photos.  Later, not being able to make the connection to our family, I nonetheless posted several memorials to Find-a-Grave.  I’m happy to report that the memorials have now been claimed by a Miller family member who has taken over the management of them.  I love Find-a-Grave!  Such a great resource. 

Our family members that are laid to rest in Axtell Cemetery are:

Virginia “Jennie” Elizabeth Curbow Story
Robert Alexander Story
Frank Edward “Ed” Story
Levy Story, John F. Story, Henry A. Story, and Joseph Story (all who died in childhood), are presumed to be buried in Axtell.  However, this has not been confirmed, and if they are there, they do not have headstones.

If you wish to view any of the above memorials on the Find-a-Grave website, or if you wish to read any other memorials of folks buried in Axtell Cemetery, I am attaching the link here

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2011 in Cemeteries, Story, Times and Places

 

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William F. Curbow – Son of Tilman Curbow

William F. Curbow was the fifth child born to Tilman P. Curbow and Elizabeth Box.  It is likely that he was named after Elizabeth’s father, William Bolton Box.  His middle name is unknown; however, Franklin seems to be a family name – and a possibility for William’s middle name.  His older brother, Oliver, named one of his sons Charles “Franklin” and his younger sister Isabell named one of her sons William “Franklin.”  Perhaps these siblings were honoring their brother who died young? 

William Curbow’s year of birth is only an estimate based on the census records – he was born sometime around 1853 in Mississippi – most likely in Itawamba County.  He was with his family in the 1860 census when they were present in Ouachita County, Arkansas (where he was 7 years old).  During the Civil War, in 1864, he was present with his mother and siblings in Bowie County, Texas (where he was 11 years old).  After the war, when the family had settled in McLennan County, he is again present in the 1870 census (where he is 17 years old).  He was present in McLennan County, Texas in 1874 and 1875 because he can be found there in the tax rolls.  He was indexed as W. F. Curbough both times.  He was taxed for the value of one horse. 

I cannot locate William F. Curbow in any record after the 1875 McLennan County Tax Roll where he was about 22 years old.  Unless another record surfaces, I am working under the assumption that William may have died early in life.  I do not know where William Curbow is laid to rest.

Any McLennan County researchers out there that want to take a second look for me?  Any help appreciated!   

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in Brick Walls, Curbow

 

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Another Miller Break Through

Little Jessie Miller in the 1880 census turns out to be Jessie Eugene Miller born 22 Oct. 1877 in Waco, McLennan County, Texas to Elijah Spencer Miller and Harriet Curbow.  He is the first cousin (3x removed) to my husband – that’s getting out there – but we’ll take them any way we can get them!  We don’t know a lot about him, but based on some of the records I found we do know this:

Sometime around 1907 he married Hattie – her last name is unknown to me.  In the 1910 census he was living with her in Collin County, Texas.  The couple had four children:  John S. in 1907; Fannie Mae in 1909; Enola B. in 1912; and Bethola M. in 1914.  I don’t know if Hattie died or if the couple divorced because by the 1920 census, Jessie has remarried to Susie Annie Hyden.  His children are with him.  Jessie and Annie had six more children:  Archie B. in 1918; James Ira in 1919; William Franklin in 1921; Vera Belle in 1922; Clifton Eugene in 1924; and Doris Evelyn in 1928. 

When Jesse filled out his World War I Draft Registration card in September of 1918 he stated that he was a self-employed farmer.  He described himself as being of medium height and build with gray eyes and brown hair.  His grandfather Tilman Curbow had gray eyes. 

World War I Draft Registration Card

The family lived in Collin County until 1923 when they relocated to Live Oak County.  

Live Oak County, Texas

Jessie Eugene Miller lived the rest of his life there until he died of tuberculosis in George West, Live Oak County, Texas on 28 July 1939.  As an aside, the town of George West was founded by George Washington West and Katie West, land venturers and cattle barons.  I am sure they some how fit into our West family – but that is another research project for another day !

Texas Death Certificate

Jessie Eugene Miller is laid to rest in George West Cemetery.

In tracing some of the Jessie’s children – I found that Archie B. Miller lived and died in the Giddings/Lexington, Lee County area – which is not far from where we are.  If any of the children and/or grandchildren of Jessie Eugene Miller or Archie B. Miller come across this post – we would love to visit with you to share information on the Miller/Curbow genealogy.

Onward –  breaking down those brick walls is so much fun !

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2011 in Curbow, Miller

 

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